new-york

Hunt Slonem

Lannon Gallery

Characterized by a luscious handling of oils, Hunt Slonem’s recent paintings depict the exotic birds that he collects and that share his downtown studio. The paintings are at once abstract and representational: the multiple grids recall the bars of the bird cages; and the birds themselves are simultaneously recognizable forms and moments of pure color. Slonem creates rich, luminous compositions that are not only a source of visual pleasure, but also reflect his long-standing preoccupation with the natural world as a site of spiritual transcendence.

Each element of Slonem’s work—the interlocking patterns scratched into thick layers of pigment, the sharply contrasting colors, the gold-toned frames—reflects his attention to the medium. In Enoch (all works 1995), one of a dazzling group of predominantly blue-and-gold compositions that were on display, birds punctuated alternately dark and

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